Owner of New Delhi hotel where fire killed 17 arrested

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities say they have arrested the owner of a New Delhi hotel where 17 people were killed by a fire.

Police say Arpit Palace Hotel owner Rakesh Goel appeared Sunday in court, which ruled that police could take him into custody for questioning.

Two hotel managers have been in custody on suspicion of culpable homicide since last Tuesday’s fire.

Authorities say the building had an unauthorized rooftop kitchen, which a video showed was engulfed in flames.

Police say most of the deaths were caused by suffocation. Deputy Police Commissioner Rajesh Deo said two people jumped from the six-story hotel to their deaths.

Deo said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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This story has been corrected to fix name, title of police official to Deputy Police Commissioner Rajesh Deo instead of Police Additional Commissioner Amit Sharma.

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